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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Rubery Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955425212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955425219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eloise's illness and treatment are handled in a sensitive, yet candid and often surprising way as she negotiates the real life intricacies of psychiatric treatment. Morrall ... keeps interest high. --teenlibrarian.com

Morrall thinks herself inside a haunted sixteen-year-old head with understanding and empathy, and delivers her message with skilful simplicity. --Write Away

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Heather Morrall's first novel won the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust Children's Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver on September 6, 2012
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Very interesting. Constantly kept me wanting to read more. The author explains pretty much everything so it never leaves you hanging. I recommend it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 10, 2010
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Eloise Meehan knows she needs help, but finding just the right person to help is becoming a problem. She is dealing with the accidental death of her brother, the suicide death of her mother, living with her chronically depressed father, and her own eating disorder. Her family doctor referred her to a therapist, but things aren't going well.

Mars bars are Eloise's favorites for binging. She and her friends are preparing for exams. They know their future depends on passing the tests, but their focus is more on the end-of-year party than on study sessions. They've been trying to distract Eloise with shopping for the perfect outfit for the party. They don't seem to see that she has a weight problem. Eloise is sure that people notice how fat she is, and she constantly dreams of her ideal weight.

Visits to the therapist have her obsessing more and more about her weight. At the hospital she sees other girls admitted there as in-patients. She looks at their skeletal frames and protruding bones and envies them. Her weight fluctuates from a high of 46kg to a record low of 39.1kg, and the more she sees these girls, the more she wants to be like them.

As the visits to the therapist continue, it is obvious they are not connecting. When the therapist wants to discuss weight issues, Eloise deflects her, and any attempts to deal with her family tragedy stalls out, as well. Eloise returns to her family doctor in search of someone else. It seems to be a Catch-22 for Eloise. She knows she has a problem, but her overwhelming desire to be thin prevents her from accepting help.

(Since SHRINK was written by an author from the UK, I found myself needing to seek help converting kgs to pounds so I could make sense of Eloise's struggles.
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By Kindle Customer on March 14, 2013
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I like all books on this kind of disorder and learning how the people are dealing with it. I had seen some others I liked but out of my price range at the moment
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By Morris on February 1, 2013
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I wouldn't say that this is the most helpful book for someone who has Anorexia to read. But again I wouldn't totally cross it out for these reasons:

1. I found that Eloise did want to get help.

2. She understood that she did have an actually problem.

Because of the reasons listed above in #1and #2 if you are suffering from an eating disorder and know you have a problem. And want to understand more or feel connected to someone who has it, but don't actually know anyone like you then you could potentially benefit from reading this. Only if you wanted help and did acknowledge you have a problem in the first place. And is already on the mend of seeing someone for this.

With that being said like I mentioned earlier if you are suffering from Anorexia and are a younger person I don't think that this book is good for you because:

1. You may read this and then start to think that you don't have a problem, or its not that big of a problem.

2. Some of the stuff that you read may influence you to see things in a different light. Which ultimately may make you end up with wanting to look the way that some of the girls mentioned in this book are portrayed.

3. This isn't or is not attended to be a self help book to discover Anorexia.

Views and opinions from the list(s) above #1, 2, 3 are not to be taken out of context nor am I trying to dis-away you from reading the book, but this is a serious manner and should not be taken lightly.

I do think that if you know someone who does have Anorexia and don't fully understand what it is like for them that this could help you better understand. If you don't and just want to read about it then I think that this would be an okay read for that purpose, and that purpose alone.

Again I am not in any- way, shape or form a Doctor. My Review for this book is just that- MY personal review.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rima A. Morrell on July 2, 2012
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Everyone who knows someone who has suffered or is suffering from anorexia and other pernickety eating disorders within their own family knows how it affects others. Of course that is the last thing the anorexic cares about. A spiritual perspective is important, including prayers that the anorexic starts to eat again, because otherwise the effects cannot be controlled.
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